Birds A-Z


Turdus merula


Niels Krabbe, Xeno-canto


Key information: The Blackbird is a solitary bird that is more easily heard than seen. Found in forests in dense vegetation, it can often be seen flicking its tail upwards and then lowering it slowly. The female is different to the male, with a brown body, a rusty breast and a dark beak. It has a melodic and mellow fluting song. It is mainly a winter visitor to Cyprus, while a few breed in the Troodos and Machairas mountains.

Length: 23,5 – 29 cm

Habitat: Mountain and forests, farmland

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Invertebrates, fruits, seeds

In Cyprus: Can be seen in forested areas, gardens and parks

Status: Winter visitor, passage migrant, resident breeder

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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